tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-84554688438335250662023-11-28T19:31:22.306-05:00Multilitteratus IncognitusPondering what my next degree should be 😂Apostolos K. ("AK")http://www.blogger.com/profile/02198465120131968928noreply@blogger.comBlogger975125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8455468843833525066.post-86411374254514741862023-09-25T18:30:00.001-04:002023-09-25T18:30:00.148-04:00Changing mental gears and putting yourself in student's shoesGazing at LearningThe other day I was doing some reflecting on my own "return" to being a learner after my doctoral journey ended. Last semester I took a course on negotiation, which I saw relevant to both work and also for my role as a member of our union's contract bargaining team this round.  This course was a graduate-level course, and is typically taken either in the first or second term of Apostolos K. ("AK")http://www.blogger.com/profile/02198465120131968928noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8455468843833525066.post-84297586888671383392023-08-22T17:30:00.001-04:002023-08-22T17:30:00.138-04:00Preferences for learning modality following COVID19Yesterday evening I came across a post by Tony Bates where he shared some findings from some recent reports on faculty (and student) preferences for learning in a post-pandemic world. I haven't read the reports yet, but I had some initial thoughts based on Tony's high-level overview of those three reports.  Two big things jumped out at me. The first is that students and faculty aren't on the sameApostolos K. ("AK")http://www.blogger.com/profile/02198465120131968928noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8455468843833525066.post-13661399043292447552023-06-26T16:03:00.004-04:002023-06-26T16:03:57.453-04:00Analyzing the Synthetic SyllabusBing Image Creator: A SyllabusWow...it's been almost two months since I started this post! It's hard to believe that it took this long to return to this thought experiment.  Just to remind the diligent reader of this blog, this came out of not one, not two, but multiple places on the web (including professional development conferences!) whereby instructional designers (and other professionals) Apostolos K. ("AK")http://www.blogger.com/profile/02198465120131968928noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8455468843833525066.post-19197343577162404462023-05-23T17:30:00.001-04:002023-05-23T17:30:00.146-04:00ChatGPT to address faculty burnoutNightCafe: Professor dealing with Digital Burnout It seems like I am operating in Greek Time for #etmooc2 😅. This is a post for the second session of #etmooc which dealt with ethical issues around AI in education (and maybe AI broadly).  Since the third session record has not been posted yet, I'll make the argument that I am still "on time" for some commentary on this 😂. This post has been in Apostolos K. ("AK")http://www.blogger.com/profile/02198465120131968928noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8455468843833525066.post-88377999784981885792023-05-05T13:20:00.001-04:002023-05-05T13:20:00.137-04:00ETMOOC2 Session 1 Ponderings - Part III (the outtakes)Me again, anime-style AI (or at least whatnightCafe thinks I look like in this setting)Alright, so here's my final post on session one of #etmooc2.  You can find post 1 and post 2 on this blog. For this post, I thought I'd post some prompts and responses from my playing with ChatGPT.  Fair warning, I tried to write a profanity-laden email (it sounds badly written IMO, but still has lots of Apostolos K. ("AK")http://www.blogger.com/profile/02198465120131968928noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8455468843833525066.post-42914620480502265272023-05-04T10:11:00.002-04:002023-05-04T10:11:10.888-04:00ETMOOC2 Session 1 Ponderings - Part DeuxAnother me in a Star Trek setting, by NightCafeThis is a continuation of my previous post from the other day. I didn't want to leave things in all negative terms, so here's part II with some thoughts on how AI might be used (or at least areas of AI that I am warming up on).  This isn't a posting about the current state of AI, but rather a 5 (or 10) year look out.  This is mostly inspired by a Apostolos K. ("AK")http://www.blogger.com/profile/02198465120131968928noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8455468843833525066.post-79477445112074690312023-05-02T13:12:00.001-04:002023-05-02T13:12:04.507-04:00ETMOOC Session 1 PonderingsMe in a Star Trek-themed anime AI imageJust as session 2 of #etmooc2 is scheduled for this evening, I just caught up with the first session over the last few days. The recording can be found here, and it's funny that it took me 3 days to complete.  Part of it was because I could only really do 20-minute increments (with notes and reactions), and part of it was because I paused to experiment with Apostolos K. ("AK")http://www.blogger.com/profile/02198465120131968928noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8455468843833525066.post-84264180693561723662023-04-26T10:32:00.000-04:002023-04-26T10:32:03.664-04:00Assessment in a Generative Connectivist FutureHey!  Blogging two days in a row! Who would have thunk it?  Well, I did tell Dave I'd read his post, and it did move some gears in the ol' noggin' so I guess something is still working upstairs ;-)I think you should go and read Dave's post, since I'm just going to reflect and react on a few select points. Dave introduced me to an article by Schinske and Tanner (2014) where they describe four Apostolos K. ("AK")http://www.blogger.com/profile/02198465120131968928noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8455468843833525066.post-78940875018642895092023-04-24T19:30:00.001-04:002023-04-24T19:30:00.223-04:00Experimenting with NightCafe Another AI-based image tool shared in ETMOOC that I thought I would try out.  This one is called NightCafe and it creates images based on a prompt and a particular style from its styles list.    My prompt for this one was: Show me a small group of Greek students huddled around a cafe table, drinking caffeinated beverages, while vigorously discussing philosophy.It's interesting that in my mind I Apostolos K. ("AK")http://www.blogger.com/profile/02198465120131968928noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8455468843833525066.post-12178464839282892372023-04-24T14:05:00.002-04:002023-04-24T14:05:26.942-04:00To catch a supposed plagiaristI don't often read IHE, but when I do it usually bubbles up from my Twitter feed 😂. The gem that popped up this morning is one professor's lament about how ChatGPT bested him and his Critical Pedagogy practices. While I am happy that someone's attitudes have been adjusted by this experience, I was surprised to read, near the end of the opinion piece that he was familiar with at least some of theApostolos K. ("AK")http://www.blogger.com/profile/02198465120131968928noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8455468843833525066.post-47537826510931720502023-04-20T12:08:00.004-04:002023-04-20T12:08:44.734-04:00A future of couch potatoesI've been a bit "behind" in my participation in ETMOOC 2.0. I've been enjoying keeping an eye on Discord, but I haven't really been participating as much as I would like to.  In a couple of weeks, the semester ends, so mental bandwidth should be freed up a bit ;-).This past week one of the streams that crossed my little part of Twitter was about teachers using ChatGPT to give feedback to learnersApostolos K. ("AK")http://www.blogger.com/profile/02198465120131968928noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8455468843833525066.post-89520848708634389432023-04-02T12:59:00.002-04:002023-04-02T12:59:53.788-04:00Detecting AI "plagiarism" and other wild tales If only it weren't for those darned kids!Admittedly I haven't been blogging a lot these days. I keep meaning to come back and actually get into the habit of writing more frequently, but as one of my Twitter acquaintances once observed, you make a note of it to come back to, but then lose motivation (loosely paraphrasing Matt Crosslin - I think).  In any case, à propos of TurnItIn's announcement Apostolos K. ("AK")http://www.blogger.com/profile/02198465120131968928noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8455468843833525066.post-32732669912403713922023-03-15T11:40:00.002-04:002023-03-15T11:40:36.908-04:00New Article out: Speculative Futures on ChatGPT and Generative Artificial Intelligence (AI)This week a new collaborative article was published in the Asian Journal of Distance Education  titled "Speculative Futures on ChatGPT and Generative Artificial Intelligence (AI): A Collective Reflection from the Educational Landscape." Our friend and colleague Aras Bozkurt invited us to participate in a piece using speculative methodology, something new to me, to explore positive, and not so Apostolos K. ("AK")http://www.blogger.com/profile/02198465120131968928noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8455468843833525066.post-22676934225538428282023-03-05T14:24:00.001-05:002023-03-05T14:24:26.230-05:00Would I lie to you?#wiltyA few weeks ago I decided to ask ChatGPT to tell me a little bit about myself. Part of it was curiosity, while part of it was because I needed to write a short bio and I just felt uninspired.  The first time the query ran, ChatGPT told me that it didn't know who I was.  That's fine, I thought to myself, because it would be weird to be known like that. After all, I don't really consider Apostolos K. ("AK")http://www.blogger.com/profile/02198465120131968928noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8455468843833525066.post-21910419106518634662023-01-29T13:45:00.005-05:002023-01-29T13:46:24.663-05:00ChatGPT Poetry JamI thought I'd post a little comic relief before the week begins.  I decided to play a little bit with ChatGPT this week as well as DALL-E. I've been thinking about AI in Education, connected with an upcoming project, and I was thinking about the history of the pondering and discourse around AIEd.My goal here was to see what ChatGPT does when it is presented with prompts to produce something in a Apostolos K. ("AK")http://www.blogger.com/profile/02198465120131968928noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8455468843833525066.post-47340534442988439912023-01-22T16:54:00.003-05:002023-01-22T16:54:52.135-05:00A look back to 2022 - Part VThis is Part V of V of a look back to 2022. The first part discussed peer review requests in 2022, and the second part discussed professional development more broadly.  The third part branched off a bit from the second part, discussing professional development a bit more from an academic development frame.  The fourth part reflected a bit on research and publishing. Concluding this look back at Apostolos K. ("AK")http://www.blogger.com/profile/02198465120131968928noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8455468843833525066.post-63038850984003262742023-01-18T17:30:00.001-05:002023-01-18T17:30:00.201-05:00A look back to 2022 - Part IVThis is Part IV of V of a look back to 2022. I know, my blogging is lacking a bit of urgency LOL 😂.The first part discussed peer review requests in 2022, and the second part discussed professional development more broadly.  The third part branched off a bit from the second part, discussing professional development a bit more from an academic development frame.  Continuing with that academic Apostolos K. ("AK")http://www.blogger.com/profile/02198465120131968928noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8455468843833525066.post-26383922867788081732023-01-09T16:54:00.003-05:002023-01-09T16:54:31.828-05:00A look back to 2022 - Part IIIThis is part III of V of a look back at 2022. The first part discussed peer review requests in 2022, and the second part discussed professional development more broadly.  As I was pondering professional development, a branch from that thread started vining out and sort of developing in my mind as related to, but distinct from, professional development.  Thus, part III will be dealing with...Apostolos K. ("AK")http://www.blogger.com/profile/02198465120131968928noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8455468843833525066.post-79131048878526847402023-01-05T13:18:00.001-05:002023-01-05T13:18:00.229-05:00A look back at 2022 - Part IIThis is part II of V of a look back to 2022. The first part of this series did a bit of reflecting on professional expectations in the form of peer review requests that I received in 2022. This next section is all about retooling, pondering, and...Figuring out what PD means for meI think that 2022 was really about recovering from my doctoral work. I completed my defense in July 2021, and all Apostolos K. ("AK")http://www.blogger.com/profile/02198465120131968928noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8455468843833525066.post-50702275240389964582023-01-02T13:27:00.015-05:002023-01-02T13:27:00.203-05:00A look back at 2022 - Part I Happy New Year fellow learners and ponderererers (that's spelled right, right? 😜)Looking back, 2022 seems like an academic blur. I know that lots of things happened, and I've jotted all of them down on a notepad so I can add them to my CV as some point in the future, but as I look back five distinct threads (points of pondering) come up as trends that emerged, or became more clear, in 2022. As Apostolos K. ("AK")http://www.blogger.com/profile/02198465120131968928noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8455468843833525066.post-24358399035034989822022-12-18T13:23:00.001-05:002022-12-18T13:24:07.465-05:00My semester on FutureLearnIt's the end of the year, and the end of the term, so I look back at my own learning this past fall semester. This fall, I decided to revisit FutureLearn.  Over the past few years (since 2018ish?) I've been signing up for FutureLearn courses so that I can have them in my queue (in case they disappear). I guess I was optimistic in 2019...and 2020...and 2021 that I would get to these, so the queue Apostolos K. ("AK")http://www.blogger.com/profile/02198465120131968928noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8455468843833525066.post-31305154487612624792022-10-31T16:24:00.002-04:002022-10-31T16:24:43.484-04:00Sticking with the fail whale... for now A lot of digital ink has been used up in the past few days with Elon's purchase of the big blue bird, both in blogs and Twitter itself, and news outlets (not that I think of it) To be fair, it is a little concerning when your social network changes hands, but then again other things are concerning in the land of social media (where "you're the product"), like most social media ownership, privacyApostolos K. ("AK")http://www.blogger.com/profile/02198465120131968928noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8455468843833525066.post-35605919391927491762022-09-16T14:03:00.001-04:002022-09-16T14:03:41.535-04:00An Alt-Ac's publishing dilemmaA couple of blog posts ago I was pondering my dilemmas about peer reviewing as an alt-ac. This week I've been pondering actual publishing as an alt-ac.  Here's how my pondering started (after a long couple of weeks at the beginning of the semester)...Given that...As an alt-ac I do not need to have published articles to be promoted in my professional work;As an alc-ac I do not get professional Apostolos K. ("AK")http://www.blogger.com/profile/02198465120131968928noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8455468843833525066.post-74064473203522911732022-09-01T14:45:00.005-04:002022-09-01T14:45:52.284-04:00Faculty CPD: The View from the Bleachers.This particular post has been in my drafts folder for a while now.  The post started off as some ponderings, based on tweets from fellow instructional designers (over the summer), that lamented the fact that faculty members really didn't attend professional development opportunities that they had worked so hard to put together. With the start of the new academic year just ahead of us (at least Apostolos K. ("AK")http://www.blogger.com/profile/02198465120131968928noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8455468843833525066.post-76143816100505629962022-08-27T13:30:00.004-04:002022-08-27T13:30:00.210-04:00An Alt-Ac's Peer Review DilemmaChoose your DestinyOver the past month or so, IHE has published a few opinion pieces about the issues with academic peer reviews; specifically that there is a bit of a dearth of peer reviewers which is holding up the publication of papers.  For lack of a better way of explaining this, it sounds to me that older academics who write these pieces (who had privileges that current-day academics don't)Apostolos K. ("AK")http://www.blogger.com/profile/02198465120131968928noreply@blogger.com0